SYDNEY BUSINESS INSIGHTS
Robots, Agriculture, and the Australian Economy
Technology in Agriculture: What are we Eating? How Will it be Made?
The University of Sydney Business School CBD Campus
Lecture Room 1
133 Castlereagh Street
The University of Sydney Business School
Technology in Agriculture: what are we eating? How will it be made?
From rooftop and balcony gardens to lab-grown meat, what we eat and the way it's made is changing. Technology is having an impact on everything from tracking animal health and weight through ear tags, to selling cattle and sheep online to reduce animal stress. The technology involved in reducing the amount of water and fertiliser required to grow crops by using precision drip irrigation is another essential example.
Essential questions around technology in agriculture that the panel will cover include:
• What sort of technologies are being applied in agriculture?
• How is technology changing business models in the agriculture sector
• How is it changing the distribution of value along the supply chain?
• With Australia leading the way in the application of technology to improve productivity in agriculture, what does this mean for the Australian economy?
• How will we capture the benefits of improved productivity in food production?
Join our panel event to hear how the gains from the growth in food production will be distributed amongst trade partners, as well as how Australia needs to tackle the issue of training enough people to run the farms of the future.
• Anna Speer, CEO, AuctionsPlus
• Zhe Xu, Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Sydney
• Carla Brown, Research and Business Development Manager, Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney
• Robin Stonecash, Director of Executive Education in Management Education at the University of Sydney Business School.
• Anna Speer is the CEO of AuctionsPlus, an online saleyard. Anna has spent the past two years disrupting traditional markets and turning AuctionsPlus into the largest saleyard in Australia. Anna has a strong, broad and practical understanding of the global Agribusiness Industry, with a verifiable track record revitalising underperforming operations, opening new markets, and building market credibility.
• Zhe Xu is a research fellow at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Sydney. He is currently the technical lead for a number of projects in applying robotics and intelligent software to horticulture, particularly in the areas of sensing systems, decision support and crop interaction in the vegetable industry.
• Carla Brown is the Research and Business Development Manager at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at the University of Sydney. Carla pursued her interest developing new systems based on human centred design principles before moving on to qualify in and practice intellectual property law. At the ACFR Carla pursues her passion for innovation and research commercialisation.
• Event Moderator: Robin Stonecash is the Director of Executive Education in Management Education at the University of Sydney Business School. She is also Program Director for Rabobank's Executive Development Program and Farm Managers Program. Robin has worked with farmers for nearly 20 years, helping them improve their business practice. She also travels the world with her EMBA students, looking at how technology is disrupting businesses in countries from India to the US, the UK, Europe and Israel.